Mystikal is eligible for parole in December of this year and has already begun
plotting his rap comeback, according to an insider within his camp.
treated real well, using the time to re-focus on some things," the source
told AllHipHop.com. "He’s been writing a lot. I believe he’s got over 20
new songs that he’s written already."
real name is Michael Tyler, was sentenced in January 2004 to six years in prison
for allegedly assaulting his former hairstylist.
state law, Mystikal was to be eligible for parole after two years. Judge Anthony
Marabella also mandated that the New Orleans rapper register with the state
of Louisiana as a sex offender.
been in the service, so the routine is familiar to him. He is a very disciplined
person," said the source of. "He’s very focused on doing his time,
getting it over with, getting that behind him."
Mystikal and two bodyguards for threatening to turn in the rapper’s former hairstylist
to police if she did not have oral sex with them, after she allegedly cashed
$80,000 worth of unauthorized checks from Mystikal’s bank account.
Mystikal was initially
charged on July 18, 2002 with extortion and aggravated rape, which, in Louisiana
carries a mandatory life sentence without probation.
J. David Bourland, was able to lessen the charges down to sexual battery in
exchange for a guilty plea.
Police said they
found a videotape of the alleged assault on July 19, 2002.
As part of negotiations,
the prosecutor agreed to seal the videotape and exclude it as evidence in the
case. Upon the judge’s request, however, the prosecution allowed the judge to
view the tape.
The two bodyguards
involved in the assault also pleaded guilty. Vercy Carter was sentenced to four
years in jail and Leland Ellis, up to three years.
reportedly read Mystikal’s sentence with visible contempt.
is convinced that the defendant believes he is above the law and can take the
law into his own hands. You received a significant break when the district attorney
reduced the charges," said the judge according to the Baton Rouge newspaper
The Advocate at the time of the trial.
"When I read the things that were said to him after his sentencing from
the judge, I’m like, these people don’t have a clue who this person really is,"
said the source. "He’s built buildings, he gives money to the colleges
– and this was all before any of this went on. He has served his country. He
served his community on a regular basis."
Prior to negotiations,
Mystikal performed community service and underwent sexual assault counseling.
The rapper also settled with the woman for an undisclosed amount to prevent
her from filing a civil suit against him.
Mystikal said he
expresses his gratitude for those who have reached out with positive feedback
and encouragement via written correspondence or other means.
getting a lot of mail. The fans have been supportive, family has been real supportive
of course, and the hip-hop industry in general has been supportive," said
the insider. "People who have not contacted him directly have sent messages
through the label or through his people."
Under the conditions
of the sentence, Judge Marabella ruled that Mystikal would have to serve five
years of probation for extortion after he is released from prison.
The rapper would
return to jail for up to 10 more years if he violated any of the probation terms.
Mystikal is currently
serving time in Elayn Hunt Correctional Facility in St. Gabriel, Louisiana.